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Released Chibok girls ready for education after ordeal

Abuja - The 106 Nigerian schoolgirls no longer in captivity by Boko Haram jihadists fighting against western-style education will all go to university from September, the country's minister for women's affairs said Friday.

Nigeria suicide bombers kill 28, wound 82

Kano - Three women suicide bombers blew themselves up at the entrance to a camp for displaced people in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, killing 28 people and wounding 82, local sources said.

'I'm ok' says Nigeria president after 3-month absence

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been in London for treatment of an undisclosed illness for more than three months, has assured a government delegation that he is doing fine.

Nigerian forces in 'unauthorised search' of UN camp

Kano - Nigerian forces conducted an unauthorised dawn raid on the UN's main base in the country's conflict-torn northeast on Friday, the UN said, further inflaming tensions between the government and aid groups.

'Gang war' blamed for Nigeria church massacre

Lagos - Eleven worshippers gunned-down in a Nigerian church funded by a man accused by some of being a drug lord and described by others as a philanthropist may be victims of "gang war".

Pope slams anti-Christian attacks in Nigeria, CAfrica

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced "shameful" attacks on Christians in Nigeria and the Central African Republic (CAR), calling for an end to "all hate and violence".

Nigerian town still reeling from botched bombing

Ndjamena - He fled to Rann to escape Boko Haram, but Babagana Jugudum lost everything on January 17 when the Nigerian military accidentally killed more than 100 people in a botched air strike on the town. His wife and two children were among the dead.

Nigeria seizes ex-oil minister's luxury apartments

Lagos - A Nigerian court has confiscated the $37 million luxury apartment complex of a former oil minister accused of fraud and money laundering as well as rental proceeds from the properties.

Boko Haram kill 31 fishermen in Nigeria

Kano - At least 31 fishermen have been killed by Boko Haram jihadists in two separate attacks on islands in Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria, fishermen and vigilantes fighting the Islamists told AFP late Monday.

At least 11 killed in 'barbaric' Nigeria church shooting

Warri - At least 11 worshippers were shot dead at a church in southeast Nigeria on Sunday, with authorities suggesting the bloodshed was due to a local feud.

US approves sale of war planes to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram

Washington - The State Department has approved the sale of US warplanes to Nigeria to aid its fight against Boko Haram militants, ending a suspension of weapons sales that followed a deadly Nigerian military strike on a refugee camp.

Boko Haram ambush death toll hits 69

Kano - At least 69 people died in a Boko Haram ambush of an oil exploration team in northeast Nigeria, as three men kidnapped by the jihadists made a video appeal.

Eight dead in Lagos building collapse

Lagos - Eight people were killed when a four-storey building collapsed after heavy rains in Nigeria's commercial hub of Lagos, the emergency services and witnesses said on Wednesday.

Young Nigerians push for removal of political age limits

Abuja - Hundreds of young Nigerians marched on the country's parliament on Tuesday, calling for lawmakers to remove age barriers on political posts, including the presidency.

Four killed in northeast Nigeria suicide attacks

Maiduguri - Four people were killed in suicide bomb attacks at a camp for those displaced by the Boko Haram conflict in northeast Nigeria, the emergency services said on Monday.

Nigerian military blames homeless for botched air strike

Abuja - Nigeria's military on Friday blamed an unexpected gathering of homeless people for a botched air strike that killed 112 at a camp for those displaced by the Boko Haram conflict.

Maiduguri: a humanitarian hub in Boko Haram territory

Maiduguri - Mangoes and watermelons, prayer mats and Chinese-made utensils are again filling the stalls of Maiduguri's markets, as they recover after years of Boko Haram violence.

Nigeria court orders forfeiture of ex-oil minister's luxury $37.5m property

Lagos - A Nigerian court has ordered the temporary forfeiture a $37.5 million property belonging to the country's ex-oil minister, with prosecutors alleging it was bought with ill-gotten funds.

Malala meets her Chibok 'heroes' in Nigeria

Abuja - Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai on Monday called for a "state of emergency for education" in Nigeria, as she visited the country and met some of the Chibok schoolgirls whose cause she championed.

US moves to seize $140 mn from Nigerian oil corruption

Lagos - US officials said Friday they plan to confiscate $144 million in corruption-tainted assets of Nigerian oil executives found in the United States including an $80 million yacht the "Galactica Star.

Trench warfare: Nigerian university digs in against Boko Haram

Maiduguri - A giant bulldozer digs a deep ditch among the bushes surrounding the University of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria, turning it into a fortress to prevent further suicide attacks by Boko Haram.

Four suicide bombers kill 15 in Maiduguri, Nigeria: police

Maiduguri - At least 15 people were killed when four female suicide bombers detonated their explosives in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, police said on Wednesday, in the latest violence to hit the strategic city.

Nigeria's Buhari 'recuperating very quickly': VP

Abuja - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is recovering fast from an undisclosed illness and should be back in Nigeria soon, his deputy said on Wednesday, after a whistlestop trip to meet the ailing head of state in London.

Lagos flooding causes panic and finger-pointing at government

Lagos - The entire metropolis of Lagos in Nigeria's Lagos state is now submerged after a week of heavy rains. The flooding has been so severe that business was brought to a stand-still and as of Monday morning, the finger-pointing has begun.

Conflict-zone contraception for the Boko Haram homeless

Maiduguri - Sixteen-year-old Aisha slips into the white family planning tent at the Bakassi camp for displaced people in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, and whispers in case she is overheard.

Nigeria probes claims of teenage plane stowaway survivor

Lagos - Nigerian authorities have launched an investigation into claims that a teenager survived 12 hours hidden in the wheel compartment of a plane between Lagos and London, an aviation official said Wednesday.

Nigerian camps under strain from returning refugees

Lagos - An upsurge in Boko Haram attacks and returnees from Cameroon are stretching camps for those made homeless by the conflict to breaking point, as the UN warned against forcing people back to northeast Nigeria.

World population to reach 9.8 bln in 2050, UN says

New York - The world's current population of 7.6 billion will balloon to 9.8 billion in 2050, with India's numbers to surpass China's in just seven years, a UN report said Wednesday.

16 killed in double suicide attack in NE Nigeria

Maiduguri - At least 16 people died in a double suicide bombing near a large camp for people made homeless by years of Boko Haram violence, Nigeria's emergency services and locals said Monday.

Suicide bombers kill 16 in NE Nigeria: emergency services

Maiduguri - At least 16 people were killed in suicide bomb attacks near a camp for those made homeless by Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria, emergency services said on Monday.
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